One of the more unique forms in which I have implemented staff development is through student technology teams. Using our after school program, I kept students in order to train them for teaching teachers how to blog, animate, and create presentations. The process was that for five staff development meetings you would see about twelve 7th and 8th graders working with small groups of 3 teachers and administrators. After the meetings, teachers would continue to use those students as their resources.
Using a student centered model we also had students roll-out technology to the lower grades at our school site. In this way, even if the teacher did not know how to use the technology, they still had students creating high-level presentations in the class. I also taught students how to troubleshoot basic computer issues with hardware. By the end of the school year, students were going in and out of classrooms creating presentations with animation, updating blogs, and troubleshooting hardware issues for teachers.
The following Prezi was made by a learner in a primary grade. The presentation would not have been made possible without the peer tutoring of 8th grader Jennifer, who was assigned to her class. For more of Jennifer’s work you can visit her blog at lemusjennifer46.blogspot.com .
Currently I am coaching two teachers in incorporating technology into their class. Those teachers as well as my 6th grade students have been working on my online course Student and Teacher Tech. Development (CLICK HERE) using the Haiku learning management system (LMS). I am now in the process of creating my own LMS using WordPress. My goal is to have a functioning educational project-based technology training portal hosted here on my site. I have dedicated a significant amount of time in learning the different systems. I first researched and created a demo in Google Course Builder (CLICK HERE) before coming across the flexibility of WordPress.
If you would like to hear more about our unique year at Reagan Elementary School you can listen to the thoughts from some of our key facilitators. The architect behind all of the great things we accomplished, and had a profound impact on my teaching, is Dr. Joe Dixon. Here are the ideas directly from the man himself!
Here is an interview with one of my partner teachers, Mr. Royce Denton. Listen as Royce gives us an insight into preparing students for a 21st century education.